Not A Fair Comparison

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In reference to the letter “Vote No on May 16” in the April 12 issue, to compare a selective private school, where the size is a third of one of our public schools, seems to once again perpetuate the half-truth approach that has become commonplace by an unprecedented attack on public education in our community. Niche, an independent organization that compiles comprehensive data on U.S. schools and neighborhoods, compared two Great Neck high schools—one private and one public. The SATs for a school that has three times the students in their graduating class, a poverty rate of more than 10 percent, new English language learners and special education performed insignificantly lower on the SATs. Also, the same source ranked GNPS teachers #1 in New York, yet our teachers are not even ranked in the top for pay.

—Sarah Moss

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